A Health Care Directive, also know as a durable power of attorney for health care, is a set of instructions to be followed when your health has deteriorated to a point where you can not communicate your health care decisions. For example, if you are in a coma or on life support, these instructions about your health care would be followed by the person you appoint in your health care directive. You can appoint anyone that you trust, whether related by marriage or blood or not, to make these decisions should you no longer be incompetent. (For example, you can name a good friend, partner or companion).
If you do not have a written health care directive, then your family must guess at your wishes in regards to your health care or your health care provider will make decisions according to medical ethics and the laws of the State of California.
Garry J. Bowman can assist you in the preparation of a living trust, will or other estate planning documents such as a health care directive. Keep in mind that your choice of trustees, beneficiary or executive is extremely important.
Garry J. Bowman is a San Diego Family Law Attorney, handling cases in San Diego, Rancho Bernardo, Penasquitos,East County, Alpine, El Cajon, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Jamul, Rancho San Diego, South Bay, National City, Chula Vista, Eastlake and Imperial Beach. He frequently appears in the Superior Courts located in Downtown San Diego, Chula Vista and El Cajon.